• Short Summary

    A STATE OF SIEGE HAS BEEN DECLARED THROUGHOUT COLOMBIA AND THE CAPITAL CITY BOGOTA HAS BEEN TURNED INTO AN ARMED CAMP FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

  • Description

    A STATE OF SIEGE HAS BEEN DECLARED THROUGHOUT COLOMBIA AND THE CAPITAL CITY BOGOTA HAS BEEN TURNED INTO AN ARMED CAMP FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

    BOTH CANDIDATES CLAIM TO BE THE WINNER. HOWEVER, NEARLY COMPLETE OFFICIAL RETURNS SEEM TO INDICATE THAT THE PRESENT PRESIDENT, MR. MISAEL PASTRANA BORRERO, WON WITH A MAJORITY OF 22,000 VOTES IN AN ELECTION IN WHICH NEARLY 4 MILLION BALLOTS WERE CAST.

    EARLIER UNOFFICIAL FIGURES HAD GIVEN THE LEAD TO HIS RIVAL, FORMER GENERAL AND DICTATOR 70-YEAR-OLD ROJAS PINILLA, WHO RULED COLOMBIA FROM 1953 TO 1957.

    SUPPORTERS OF MR. PINILLA ARE CONTESTING THE LATEST FIGURES AND DEMANDING THAT THEIR CANDIDATE BE RECOGNISED AS THE WINNER, MR. PINILLA HAS ORDERED THAT A "PERMANENT DEMONSTRATION" BE KEPT UP UNTIL HIS ALLEGED VICTORY IS RECOGNISED BY THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT. THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN SHOUTING "REVOLUTION, REVOLUTION" ARE MARCHING THROUGH THE STREETS AND SHOUTING SLOGANS AGAINST PRESIDENT BORRERO. ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR POINTS OF PROTEST IS THE NEWSPAPER "EL TIEMPO" BUILDING, WHICH GAGE STRONG BACKING TO PRESIDENT BORRERO'S RE-ELECTION.

    SOME 100,000 ARMED AND HELMETED TROOPS AND POLICE ARE ON FULL ALERT TO PREVENT VIOLENCE. ROJAS SUPPORTERS ARE MARCHING IN FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE TO TAKE PART IN THE DEMONSTRATION AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS ORDERED CRACK ANTI-GUERILLA UNITS TO GUARD ROADS INTO THE CAPITAL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8GC7X3FYR4WTCW66JS70G837H
    Media URN:
    VLVA8GC7X3FYR4WTCW66JS70G837H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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